Archive for 2016

Twilight In Red - Daily Painting Auction

Twilight In Red, 5 x 10", oil on primed paper, mounted on board

This is an auction or an original oil painting, inspired by the dramatic landscape of northeast Scotland.

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The Art of Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) was an American Romantic landscape painter.  Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Church was one of the leading figures of The Hudson River School.

Church’s father was wealthy and this allowed Frederic to pursue his interest in art from a very early age. In 1848, Church was elected as the youngest Associate of the National Academy of Design. The following year he was promoted to Academician and soon after, he sold his first major work to Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Heart of the Andes (1859)

From the spring to autumn each year Church would travel, often by foot, sketching. He returned each winter to paint and to sell his work and in 1853 and 1857, he travelled in South America.

On his return, he painted The Heart of the Andes (1859), a monumental 5 by 10 feet. Church unveiled the painting to an astonished audience in New York City that same year. The work was an instant success.  Selling for $10,000, it was the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist at that time.  

Cotopaxi 1862

Although committed to the natural sciences, Church’s paintings had a spiritual focus. Church enjoyed a successful career throughout his lifetime, receiving great praise for his work and selling his paintings for high prices.
Autumn (1875)
Landscape in the Adirondacks (1878)

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From Tiny Acorns - Selling Small Works Can Lead to Commissions

Two weeks ago I sold ‘Last September’ and was very grateful to receive three commissions as a result.  I’d been chatting with friends at my other job about my latest art project, daily paintings and they were really interested.  ‘Bring them in’, they said.  So I did. 

Last September 2015 and Late December 2016 (mixed media)

One of the great things about small paintings is how portable they are.  I lightly wrapped them, didn’t even have to bubble, shoved them in a bag and got on the bus.  Ah the relief - no art handler, hiring a van or meticulously maneuvering an oversized painting into my undersized car.

It created a buzz in the office, small original art people could afford to buy.  I plonked them in the staff room and left them to it.  As it turned out, some wanted the same pieces, ‘I will make you another’, I said.  And I did - three in fact. 

One of my colleagues texted, ‘I want the one that’s ……,  Exactly the same please.’  It's really difficult, well impossible to create an exact copy so we agreed on similar, in the same spirit as.  It was a great challenge and I learned loads.  
Felleswoode, 2016 and Autumn Fable 2016 (mixed media)
Thanks guys for the commissions.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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The Artist's Shoes - Daily Painting Auction

The Artist's Shoes 8 x 10", oil on canvas
I showed this painting to my BFF and she loved it.  Laughing, she said, 'I've never seen a painting of shoes before, you can even see the shape of your feet.  Put it in the next auction.'  So here it is.

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By Any Other Name - Daily Painting

By Any Other Name, oil on canvas, 8x8"

This is a painting of a pink rose and a purple flower given to me in a gift. Flowers, roses in particular are quite challenging to paint having so many petals, but I really enjoyed it.

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Guyan Porter - THE NEW IMMORTALS - Exhibition Invitation - Friday 19th February 2016 - Brighton

Species - Guyan Porter - 2015
image - Copyright © 2015  - Guyan Porter
For the exhibition 'The New Immortals’ Guyan Porter will present two new pieces of work, Species and De Conditioning Chamber. 
Join us for the exhibition opening of on 

Friday, 19 February 2016, 6 – 8 pm. PHOENIX BRIGHTON
10 - 14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

"Systems of belief are central to the work of Guyan Porter, whose art takes place across a range of media in ways that respond to site and context. Species purports to be a complete Neanderthal skull, possibly the only complete Neanderthal skull in existence, presented as a relic of our nearest extinct human relative and the earliest known hominin species to engage in symbolic rites of passage. Of course the human skull is also itself an emblem of death or ‘memento mori’, employed by artists since classical antiquity to instil a heightened consciousness of time passing, mortality and the after-life. But how secure is our understanding of where we have come from, let alone where we might be going to next? Like its companion piece, Porter’s De Conditioning Chamber, with its challenging message, seems designed to make us question the basis of what we know and what we believe, using an experimental device housed within a specially designed architectural structure."

Sheila Macgregor - curator and consultant - January 2016

The New Immortals Judith Alder - 2015
image - Copyright © 2015 - Judith Alder

In an age when scientists can create, manipulate and sustain life to an extent once unimaginable, 'The New Immortals' explores our ongoing quest for immortality and offers ten artists' responses to this new paradigm.
'The New Immortals' is an exhibition and research project curated by Judith Alder, presenting new work by artists Judith Alder with Fleur Alston, Murray Ballard, Rachel Cohen, Cat Ingrams, Anna Macdonald, Guyan Porter, Duncan Poulton, Gabriella Sancisi and Angela Smith.
The exhibition runs from 20 Feb - 20 March, open Wed - Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm.

Along with the exhibition there will be series of associated activities. These include: 

  • Symposium: 'Exploring Immortality: Science, Art and Humanities in Conversation'. Presented in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, this symposium brings together artists, scientists and academics to explore the works and issues in The New Immortals and the value of art/science collaboration in communicating difficult concepts.

  • Five drop in sessions with artist/curator Judith Alder, which take place every Saturday.

  • 'Drawing the New Immortals,' a workshop with artist Angela Smith.

  • 'Going Out' exhibition viewing followed by talk by artist Anna Dumitriu.

  • 'The Prospect of Immortality' book launch with photographer Murray Ballard.

For full details, registration and updates please visit Phoenix Brighton

live forever - Guyan Porter - 2007
image - Copyright © 2007  - Guyan Porter

'The New Immortals' is a project by Judith Alder supported by Arts Council England, the Artists’ Benevolent Fund, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Phoenix Brighton. Thank you to everyone who generously supported the Kickstarter campaign.

PHOENIX BRIGHTON    10 - 14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB   Tel: 01273603700

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Art For All - DailyPaintworks

Affordable Original Art

I've joined (DPW), an online gallery that features original fine art and auctions from a group of talented artists.

DPW is a small family-run business that support and promote a huge community of artists. Owners, Carol, David and Sophie Marine also make buying art fun with a great site that's easy to navigate.

Landscape by Jane E Porter
First Snow 2015, mixed media on canvas board, 8 x 8 " SOLD
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